• HBO's Record-Biz Drama 'Vinyl' Is TV's Next Great Show
    Premiering Sunday, Feb. 14, "Vinyl" was co-created by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, author Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, writer/producer on "The Sopranos" and then creator of "Boardwalk Empire."
  • Apoca-Laughs Now: TV's End-Of-The-World Comedies
    Television is facing the end of the world by laughing at it. It may not qualify as a full-blown trend under the "official" rules, but perhaps we can make an exception for these two prime-time comedies.
  • From Halftime To Ad Time: Assessing This Year's Super Bowl Telecast
    Lady Gaga knocked the national anthem out of the park, Beyonce choreographed a homage to the radical Black Panthers, and Colonial Williamsburg's ad showed historic film footage in reverse.
  • Viceland Title Continues TV's Campaign To Mainstream The F-Word
    The f-word is now infiltrating the very titles of our TV shows. Exhibit A: The new show proudly announced by soon-to-be-launched network Viceland, titled "F*ck, That's Delicious."
  • Regular Ol' Commercial TV Took Center Stage This Week
    If Sunday's live telecast of "Grease" demonstrated anything, it's that when all is said and done, the key to drawing an audience is putting on a great show, The network chose a surefire show, went all in on the production, and scheduled it shrewdly.
  • Weeknight At Bernie's: ABC Miniseries Tackles The Madoff Saga
    From O.J. Simpson to Bernie Madoff, prime-time TV this week is looking more like "America's Most Wanted" every day.
  • The Juice Is Loose: FX Makes A Great Miniseries About O.J.
    "The People v. O.J. Simpson" is so well-made that it enables you to relive the Simpson years as if you are experiencing them for the first time.
  • The Fall Of The House Of Downton
    Everybody's talking about the fall of Downton -- an ongoing discussion about the current sixth and final season of this once-electrifying PBS hit and how aimless it seems.
  • Mike Nichols 'American Masters' Documentary Is Not To Be Missed
    At just a little more than 53 minutes in length, this documentary -- subtitled simply "Mike Nichols" -- is more a televised opportunity to become acquainted with him than a comprehensive biography.
  • Trump's Absence Tests Whether Debates Can Thrive Without Him
    And now the test we've all been waiting for (but dreaded it would come): Can these nationally televised (and streamed) Republican debates still draw astronomically high ratings without Trump?
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